Category: News Briefs

Obama Continues Push For Comprehensive Immigration Reform At Meeting With Hispanic Celebrities

President Barack Obama reiterated his call for comprehensive immigration reform Thursday at a meeting with prominent Hispanic celebrities, including actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera, and news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart […] Read More >

Mexico’s National Security Law Proposal Prompts Human Rights Concerns

As the deadline nears for the Mexican Congress to approve controversial changes to the country’s National Security Law, Mexican human rights advocates are rallying against revisions that they say could […] Read More >

Drug Cartels In Mexico And Colombia Allegedly Supplied With Weapons From Honduran Military

Gun stores on the U.S.-Mexico border have recently been criticized for their firearms ending up in the hands of drug cartels. However, a 2008 diplomatic cable obtained by Wikileaks draws […] Read More >

Mexico’s Congress Considers Changing Security Law To Control Drug War Violence

With the current session of Mexico’s Congress scheduled to expire Friday, members of Mexico’s House of Deputies have less than a week to deliberate over controversial changes to the country’s […] Read More >

American-Made “Rio: The Movie” A Hit In Brazil, U.S. And Abroad

“Rio: The Movie”, the hit animated feature by Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Saldanha, has topped the North American box office for the second weekend in a row after its April 15 […] Read More >

Google Irks Brazilians With Map of Rio de Janeiro Highlighting Favelas

  Google has come under fire in Brazil for prominently featuring the names of favelas on the Internet giant’s online map service, Google Maps.  An editorial by O Globo called […] Read More >

Mario Vargas Llosa Throws Support Behind Ollanta Humala In Peru’s Runoff Election

Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, a political conservative famous for his criticism of Latin America’s far left, discarded the possibility of voting for rightwing candidate Keiko Fujimori in Peru’s […] Read More >

10 Murders A Day In Sinaloa During Holy Week; Drug Violence Puts Vacations On Hold

During Holy Week, 81 people were killed in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa, according to the state’s attorney general Marco Antonio Higuera  Gómez. Holy Week, or Semana Santa in […] Read More >

Brazilian Air Force Monitored Politicians, Civilians, Church, for Ten Years After Dictatorship’s End

A trove of 35,000 documents released by the Brazilian National Archives on April 13 show that the Brazilian Air Force monitored leftist groups and political parties, labor union members, and […] Read More >

Mass Graves In Mexico Show Brutal Drug Cartel Violence; Expert Says Government Not In Control

Authorities in Mexico discovered 32 more bodies this past week dumped in pits in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The most recent findings bring the body count up to 177 […] Read More >